So my recruiter has offered me a plea bargain: they’ll reimburse me the first leg of my trip as long as I agree in writing not to sue the school district.
This from the head guy stationed in Portland.
My Vice Principal also agrees that I probably have a case, and is willing to stamp my original application and send it on to the school district. Even though miss you-know-who has threatened to penalize the school in some way should I pursue a lawsuit through the labor board. (what a woman) At any rate, I am much happier with the school for proving to at least have some ethics, which is what one would hope since it’s a missionary school.
Also, tomorrow Y’s teacher union representative will also be bringing up my case to the school district, since we native English teachers don’t have any formal representation.
Why are they offering me this bargain? Because they know they got caught with their pants down, colluding with someone to practice a bait and switch operation.
Principles would demand I ignore this offer and press on until I get this injustice corrected for all. However, I don’t know and haven’t seen that anybody else cares about justice or standing up for their rights. In addition, the next contract has already been drafted and I have already seen GePIK jobs advertised where they speak of airfare reimbursement (with provisions). So this isn’t a mistake they are going to make again. I have posted on facebook to see if anyone wants to join me, and will wait to see if ethics for all those already injured are worth protecting. If not, I will just protect myself and my loved ones, who sacrificed to get me here, by accepting the plea bargain.
So all of the above response is validating. I mean, you don’t go through all I’ve been through and allow those “what just happened here?” questions to pass by. You trust them. And you have to check and make sure, absolutely sure, that you’ve not been victimized yet again. And then you stand up for yourself. And fight for your rights.
Oh yeah, and Mr. Lee did not show up for class today. Until Ms. Baek came back and informed me that the Vice Principal has instructed me to report him every time he doesn’t show up. Sure. Happy to oblige. He was in class 1-1 period 7.
Hopefully their fear of me and consternation over what to do with me turns into greater respect after this. I do not grease palms. Nor do I give in. Korea. Exile. Fighting.
I wonder if I would still be like this had I grown up here and gotten the social screws applied to me. Or if I would still be this little maverick principled bulldog.
One more day of this battle to go, and then we will see what outcome I can get. But I feel better already.